Short Bytes: You might be knowing that quantum computing is still in its very early days. Well, it isn’t stopping the tech giant IBM from bringing the quantum computing experience to your computer by making its quantum computer hardware available to the public via a cloud service.
The IBM scientists have worked hard to make a quantum computer available to the public as a cloud service for the first time. While this new service is aimed at the researchers and students, any enthusiastic learner can go ahead and try out this machine of the future.
If you are willing to know the basics, you can read our article describing the qubits and the working of a quantum computer.
Known as the IBM Quantum Experience, the tech company calls it the world’s first quantum computing platform delivered via the IBM Cloud. Till now, quantum computing has remained limited to research infrastructures and highly protected laboratories.
IBM is opening access to up to 5 qubit quantum computing processors located at its T.J. Watson Research Center, New York. IBM calls it the birth of cloud quantum computing, allowing everybody to access this expensive technology and allow them to run algorithms and experiments.
How to use IBM’s free cloud quantum computing service?
To get started with this service, IBM has created a set of tutorials that’ll help you learn the basics. The company has also devised a point-and-click user interface for experts and beginners alike.
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The inputs from users get converted into a quantum assembly language that runs on the chip. Note that IBM has made available a limited set of resources. So, the company has developed a scheduling system that runs the tests one by one. You can queue your jobs and you’ll be informed about the results in an email.
IBM hopes that it’ll be able to gain more insights from this step that’ll eventually fasten the quantum computing progress.
Give it a try here: IBM Quantum Computing